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    Deputy Premier, Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Jeff Seeney

    $1 billion Jewel development ‘called-in’

    Deputy Premier, Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Jeff Seeney

    Wednesday, July 11, 2012

    $1 billion Jewel development ‘called-in’

    The Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning, Jeff Seeney, has made the decision to “call-in” the application for the $1 billion Jewel resort development at Surfers Paradise.

    The state’s planning legislation allows the Deputy Premier to ‘call-in’ and decide an application that is regarded as being of ‘state interest’.

    Mr Seeney said that before making his decision he had sought comment from those who had been actively involved in the development application.

    “I received submissions from sixteen people and I took their views into account in arriving at the decision to call-in the application.

    “The application for this development was previously approved by the Gold Coast City Council but was put in doubt when it was appealed by a number of objectors.
     
    “I formed the view that this development is important to the future economic well-being of the state and especially the Gold Coast and the application needs to be dealt with as quickly as possible.
     
    “There is a billion dollar investment at stake here and more than 3,000 jobs riding on the outcome – the jobs of the 2,500 construction workers and the 670 hospitality staff and other workers, who will build, operate and occupy this development.

    “Projects like this are at the heart of the government’s commitment to building a strong economy.
     
    “If we are to see a recovery in the tourism and construction sectors – two of the government’s critical four pillars of growth – and a return to healthy levels of investment and activity, we need to ensure applications such as this do not languish or get bogged down in protracted legal proceedings.”
     
    Mr Seeney said that, under the state’s planning legislation, he has until early August to decide whether or not to approve the application.

    [ENDS] 11 July 2012

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